Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

Proposed ESSA Regulation Supports Well-Rounded Education, Protects All Students (Press Release)

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education published a press release about proposed regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 05/26/2016 - 15:35

The Assessment Transition Communications Toolkit

This toolkit is one of two developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to help state and school districts communicate testing information before, during, and after the assessment window this spring. This toolkit is for states transitioning to a new assessment this year.

Number of views: 40
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:16

Second Year of Assessments Communications Toolkit

The Council of Chief State School Officers developed this toolkit to help states and school districts communicate before, during, and after the 2016 assessment testing window. This toolkit includes a broad number of adaptable communications resources ranging from talking points to a parent letter....

Number of views: 39
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:09

Overview of School Funding (PowerPoint Presentation)

This presentation provides an overview of funding for school districts and how district funds are allocated for school resources. There is also brief discussion of funding variations among districts and schools and how these variations can be impacted by personnel hiring. 

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 443
Date created: 04/18/2016 - 09:05

Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Organizational Protocols

In this document, the U.S. Department of Education lays out the purpose and decision-making processes for the negotiated rulemaking committee. Included in this document are the names of the negotiated rulemaking committee members and the roles and responsibilities for members. 

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 04/18/2016 - 08:40

Testing Action Plan: State and District Profiles

In this resource, the U.S. Department of Education identifies and describes states and districts that have implemented promising practices aligned with the Testing Action Plan's intent to improve testing systems.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 22
Date created: 04/15/2016 - 10:57

Obama Administration Takes Action to Ensure Fewer and Better Tests for Students (Press Release)

This U.S. Department of Education (USED) press release describes further information and resources to support the Testing Action Plan. This resource provides a series of case studies that include examples of how states and districts are working to ensure fewer, better, and fairer assessments. In...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 04/15/2016 - 10:49

Scope of Issues to be Negotiated

In regards to the March 2016 negotiated rulemaking session, this document provides an overview of the topics that were to be discussed. In this session, the committee was tasked with discussing regulatory language regarding: supplemental assessments, computer-adaptive assessments, exceptions for...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 13
Date created: 04/11/2016 - 08:45